When we were making the list of countries we wanted to explore in the early episodes of the podcast, Ireland was near the top of the list. If any country understands how English has been used as a colonising tool it is Ireland. Well Scotland too, but definitely Ireland.
So much of the best ‘English’ literature of the past couple of centuries comes from Ireland. It is a rich source of beautifully written literature from a country that has suffered great hardship. This is the country that gave us Seamus Heaney, W.B. Yeats, Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde, Brian Friel and James Joyce, just to mention a few.
John is an English teacher in Ireland. Dublin to be exact. When he was at college he set up an education consultancy to help pay the bills, he gave tuition and created study aids. This eventually led him into the high school classroom. Currently, while teaching, he provides resources to over 500 schools in Ireland as well as many overseas. He has been doing this for over a decade which makes him one of the first educators to see the benefits of the internet.
He joins us to explore the history that has informed Irish culture, while introducing some new names to add to our reading lists.